August 28, 2018 -- NYC, New York
Roger returned to Arthur Ashe stadium on a steamy evening in front of a packed crowd for his first round in the 2018 US Open. Looking comfortable and cool, Roger quickly found himself with two sets under his belt against crafty lefty, Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. The third set seemed par for the course as he quickly took command of the set, it wasn't until serving out the match where Nishioka came alive and broke the Swiss Maestro. It was a too little too late for the Japanese player, and Roger closed out the match 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.
This is Roger's 18th US Open and he remains 18-0 in his first round after tonight's win.
"I'm very happy with how I played tonight. It is particularly tough for us Europeans because we don't get this type of humidity. You are sweating so much you don't know what has hit you," he said after the 1st round win. "It is tough so you are happy when you survive a day like this."
Roger will face the always entertaining and flashy French player, Benoit Paire in the second round.